Many thanks to Upper Warden Nick Steidl who alerted us to the mentions that the Company received on the Radio 4 Start the Week programme this morning. The programme focused on The Levellers who were revolutionaries who brought 17th century England to the edge of radical republicanism. In his biography (pictured and published by Verso), John Rees argues the Levellers are central figures in the country's history of democracy.
Members will be interested to know that The Book Trade Charity (BTBS) has announced its merger with The Bookbinders Charitable Society. Two of the oldest charitable institutions in the UK book trade have combined their resources in order to provide more effective and efficient services to a wider range of beneficiaries. The full press release can be viewed here.
The 200+ Club is exclusively for our members and their families at £30 per share each year, with financial prizes every month.
Watch out for our new leaflet and form in the December mailing. December is our BUMPER prize draw and the TOP prize is £500!
If you would like an application form you can obtain one online here.
Congratulations to three Liverymen; Vida and Leona Barr-Jones of Barr-Jones Associates and to David Langdown of the business growth agency Focus7 International of which Barr-Jones Associates is a major part. They have been honoured with a Defence Employers Recognition Scheme Silver Award for their work in supporting the Armed Forces.
Members will be interested to know that their fellow Stationer and one-time publisher, Ian Grant, is about to act in one of his plays, produced in workshop format at St Stephen’s Church, 17 Canonbury Rd, London N1 2DF, on 8, 9 and 10 December. Called Scapegoat it is “Full of corruption, ambition and crushed idealism”. Tickets can be purchased by following this link and the performances start at 7.30 pm.
The Great Hall was the setting for a Freedom ceremony for 16 new Freemen yesterday. Many of them were joined by their First Sponsors and friends and family so it was felt the Hall would be a more practical venue than the Court Room. The Beadle and Deputy Clerk worked hard to perfect the logistics and I think all would agree that it was a fantastic occasion.
Staff from Stationers' Hall and Cutlers' Hall joined together at 11.00 am today to watch the two Masters lay wreaths at the memorial for the Stationers who fell in the Great War and to remember in silence all those who have lost their lives in conflicts across the globe.
The team from Chester Boyd and the gardeners who were working at the Hall at the time also joined this short but important ceremony.The Clerk was representing the Stationers’ Company at the SCWA service of remembrance and so it was Giles Fagan who read out the well-known verse from For the Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon which was originally published in The Times newspaper on 21st September 1914.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
On Monday 7 November some 50 Stationers and their guests listened to three speakers with three views on The Importance of SMEs and the Impact of Brexit on the UK Economy. The event took place under the Chatham house rule so we have to be careful how it is reported but to say that they all envisaged huge challenges ahead and some were more positive about how the UK, and SMEs in particular, will tackle them, is not letting any cats out of any bags!
At a ceremony on 7 November 2016 11 of the 12 people who received bursaries in the summer of 2016 to assist with the costs of undertaking their masters degrees, attended Stationers' Hall to receive certificates marking their awards. The twelfth man will come early in 2017 to receive his.